Show Your Cheeks for Jesus!

This is excerpted from the larger weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible Study. To read more, CLICK HERE, or on the banners above or below. First Reading Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm Psalm 149 Second reading Ephesians 1:11-23 Gospel Luke 6:20-31 It is an interesting time in the lectionary to have many of these texts come [Read More...]

Sikh Calls for Peace Reminiscent of Amish Shooting Response

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I, like most people, was deeply troubled by news of another mass shooting, this time at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. This, on the heels of the tragic massacre in Aurora, Colorado, seemed all the more savage to me, given that it took place in a house of worship. [Read More...]

“Angry Queers” Take on Driscoll, Mars Hill the Wrong Way

Windows at Mars Hill satellite broken by a group calling itself "Angry Queers"

I had a stew of emotions when I read about an activist group in Portland calling itself the “Angry Queers” vandalizing a satellite church of Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill network. Neighbors in the area reported seeing a handful of young people in black masks smashing stained glass windows and damaging other property on the church [Read More...]

Be A Man: Ethical Responses to Violence

I wonder, both as a parent and a follower of the way of Jesus, how to even go about defining violence, and what my call as a Christian is – or for that matter, simply as a member of the human species – to do about it. I remember when I took wrestling in grade [Read More...]

An Ironic Problem for “Occupy Wall Street”

I’ll start by saying I agree with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, at least in principal. Anyone willing to take the time and effort to stand nonviolent against systems that oppress on behalf of the marginalized has some merit. That said, I, like many others, am a little baffled by the intent of the movement. [Read More...]

Did Jesus Really Die for Our Sins?

One of the most pivotal concepts in contemporary Christianity has to do with whether Jesus died for the sins of humanity. For many, this is a central tenet of their Christian faith; for others, the very idea that a God would require the spilling of blood — let alone that of his son — to [Read More...]

Anwar Al-Awlaki: Eye For an Eye, Or a Third Way?

(Originally published in the Huffington Post) I’ve been reflecting on the recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaida leader operating from Yemen, by American forces. A friend asked me if the fact that al-Awlaki was American-born had any impact on how I felt about his death. Those who have followed the story likely realize [Read More...]

Grace in the Face of Violence

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Two recent stories struck an emotional chord with me that I’m still trying to sort out. First involved the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, where he was accused of killing a police officer. Second had to do with the arrest of several Amish men for refusing to comply with local traffic safety laws in [Read More...]


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